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Guides to LJ Surfing : Updated 12 Feb 06
Hostile Locals :  Updated 22 Feb 06
Neptune's Corner : Updated 07 Feb 06
 Welcome to LJ Surfing : Updated 20 Feb 06
 Did he make it?  : Updated 06 Feb 06 
BA's FireRing Crapola : Updated
Disclaimers : Updated
Groms in the Whomp : 24 Feb 06  

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- 28 Feb 2006 -


The Best Day - EVER - Boat Launch - La Jolla Shores, CA - BA Photo

the water's always polluted here!
Voodoo Water - In The Arena - BA Photo - BA's Recommendation: Stay out of Arena Water for at least 2 weeks after a rain!
In fact - [please] stay out of Arena Water for the rest of your miserable lives
- Thank you - BA


It's always foggy here
Another crappy sunset in The Arena - hidden by smokestacks and fog - BA Photo

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- 27 Feb 2006 -




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- 26 Feb 2006 -

I was thinking that maybe today would be the day to tackle some of the "deferred maintenance" stuff I've been putting-off -

- SO -

I checked-out the sunrise from The Cross, not bad, and it indicated that just maybe we'd get some rain.



Next, I blasted down Nautilus on my Flexy [Louie Beacham taught me this trick], and I surf checked The Arena, pretty small, and not much hope for better conditions.



- SO -

I went to work at my Campus Point office - worked 'till about 3 pm and then figgered it was time to mooch a glass of hooch from The Corner People and watch, what I thought would be, another crappy Arena Sunset.

- BUT -


- SO -

I just had to surf

- AND -

When I came in, I received the highest honor a wannabe Corner Person could ever hope to get -

I was chosen, out of a random drawing with over 1,000,000 entrants, to be the Official Starter for The Golden Retriever 500 and Wine Tasting Party:



Even Jimmy Johnson, once a surfer extraordinaire, and now a NASCAR giant, ain't got nuttin' on me now!

Note the high rise hotels!

Oh yeah, the sunset was as bad as anticipated - fog shrouded and obscured by high rise hotels and the smokestacks of coal powered cruise ships.

BA


- 25 Feb 2006 -

I know that a number of you wannabe surfers wish you could be ME -

- BUT -

You can't, and, additionally, please bear in mind that most of the time I don't want to be me -

- HOWEVER -

I'm pretty sure that sometimes, when I make surf trips to exotic places like El Paso, Texas, or Typhoon Lagoon, Florida, you wish you could tag along and see what goes into the making of a real, hard-core, surf adventure.

- OCCASIONALLY -

Someone out there just has to one-up me and show me a surf destination that far surpasses one about which I write.

Mr. Don Scott, and his faithful companion, Rick Kane, have been torturing me for more than 30 years by telling me about a secret surf spot in Tempe.

I made one trip, about 15 years ago, to a formally secret spot - Big Surf - in Tempe, AZ, however the waves were far too large for me to safely surf -

Don and Rick were there [Big Surf] when I pussed out, and Don, since he is a really nice guy, felt sorry for me, and sent me this photo of him riding a wave in Tempe Town Lake.

He suggested that perhaps, after my adventures in El Paso, I would do better at the TTL.

His photo was accompanied by a letter that went something like this:
"Hi Bill, Like they say.........surf is where you find it.

My home break, http://www.tempe.gov/lake/historyandfinance.htm Tempe Town Lake produced some serviceable waves this summer at a secret reef at the east end of the lake and about a half mile north on Hayden Road.

This once famous spot has not seen surfing since the early eighties.

The combination high temperatures , a stiff off shore wind, corporate greed and a bit of payola produced this brief moment of surfing bliss here in the desert.

Observe the attached photo.

Keep the fin side down."
Thanks Don, but I know that you're an NBA Center sized fellow - which makes the wave you're riding well over 4 feet on the face - Far too big for me!


"On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will," Don Scott, err, "Rick Kane came to surf the big waves..."

Anyway, perhaps, one the surf gets a bit smaller at TTL, I'll give it a try!

While I was waiting for the surf to drop in La Jolla, I thought I'd visit some of the local Cliff Dwellings - cause I heard there was gonna be a once in a lifetime event occurring - the birth of a Sand Magnet -

I fought my way past Snakebite Danny - LJ Shores Enforcer - thru the fog, and I followed the guiding light - and there - to my amazement - I saw the Sand Magnet emerging from the nest -

- WHEW -

BA




- 25 Feb 2006 -

I know that a number of you wannabe surfers wish you could be ME -

- WELL -

You can't, and, additionally, please bear in mind that most of the time I don't want to be me -

- HOWEVER -

I'm pretty sure that sometimes, when I make surf trips to exotic places like El Paso, Texas, or Typhoon Lagoon, Florida, you wish you could tag along and see what goes into the making of a real, hard-core, surf adventure.

- OCCASIONALLY -

Someone out there just has to one-up me and show me a surf destination that far surpasses one about which I write.

Mr. Don Scott, and his faithful companion, Rick Kane, have been torturing me for more than 30 years by telling me about a secret surf spot in Tempe.

I made one trip, about 15 years ago, to a formally secret spot - Big Surf - in Tempe, AZ, however the waves were far too large for me to safely surf -

Don and Rick were there [Big Surf] when I pussed out, and Don, since he is a really nice guy, felt sorry for me, and sent me this photo of him riding a wave in Tempe Town Lake.

He suggested that perhaps, after my adventures in El Paso, I would do better at the TTL.

His photo was accompanied by a letter that went something like this:
"Hi Bill, Like they say.........surf is where you find it.

My home break, http://www.tempe.gov/lake/historyandfinance.htm Tempe Town Lake produced some serviceable waves this summer at a secret reef at the east end of the lake and about a half mile north on Hayden Road.

This once famous spot has not seen surfing since the early eighties.

The combination high temperatures , a stiff off shore wind, corporate greed and a bit of payola produced this brief moment of surfing bliss here in the desert.

Observe the attached photo.

Keep the fin side down."
Thanks Don, but I know that you're an NBA Center sized fellow - which makes the wave you're riding well over 4 feet on the face - Far too big for me!


"On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will," Don Scott, err, "Rick Kane came to surf the big waves..."

Anyway, perhaps, one the surf gets a bit smaller at TTL, I'll give it a try!

BA



- 24 Feb 2006 -

We had our annual surf classic on the Rio Grande today - we were visited by a dolphin on its way to The Gulf:

Flipping out on The Big River - 24 Feb 2006 - BA Photo

As expected, the lack of waves, combined with very high levels of surfing skills, led to a few, overzealous surfers crashing into each other:

Jenn sez: "Frank, how could you go right on a PERFECT left???"

- UNEXPECTEDLY -

The surf babes were hotter than ever:

BA sez: "This I why I surf - 1 -"



BA sez: "This I why I surf - 2 -"


River Running Dolphins

This was the winning wave / ride for the contest:

Riding the Tidal Bore

BA



- 23 Feb 2006 -

One of the best things about being ME, is that I get to take the corporate jet, and chase the wild surf!

This morning, Jesse, the Surf Inside dot Com guys, and I went all the way to Reno, NV in order to catch a few boatwakes.

Jesse was the only one of us proficient enough in boatwaking to successfully ride one:


Jesse at Boatwake Reef, Reno NV, photo by surfinside.com

Thanks to great piloting and a brisk tail wind - I was able to get back into The Lot for a few photos - the best of which was:

Riley's Family - The Lot - 23 Feb 2006 -

Oh yeah, the sunset sucked again, and of course, the water, as always, was polluted.

Added to the already high tensions, the hostile locals were really angry this afternoon!

BA



- 22 Feb 2006 -


Jeremy in The Arena - He's thinking: Are the Padres serious about signing BA to a long term contract??
BA can't even do a push-up anymore - how in the h*ll is he gonna throw a baseball?
Photo by surfinside.com


Grom's thinking: This ain't no Play Station - They don't look this big at Sea World!


Grom's thinking: They're gonna love this trick at Typhoon Lagoon!


Grom's thinking: I knew I should-da worn the wetsuit with the oversize logo on the back!


Sammy's thinking: No wonder BA likes me to show-up on The Corner - I am a babe magnet!


BA's thinking: Another crappy sunset in The Arena - Go Home - Stay Home!!

BA


- 21 Feb 2006 -


- An early morning view from my office - BA Photo


- Don't Hack Jay - In The Arena - Photo by: surfinside.com


- A late afternoon view from my other office - BA Photo
BA



- 20 Feb 2006 -

FT surfs a secret spot - deep in Barrio La Jolla - the surf today is as good as it EVER gets here - the pain factor of just getting into the line-up far surpasses the pleasure of wave riding!

FT is one of the lucky residents of the area - he is a participant in the state sponsored Employment For All Program [EFAP] - and he claims that it really is a job [of some sort]

One of the benefits of the job for Thom is that he lives in Tent City, just a few blocks from the surf - he also is the recipient - as part of a clinical trial - of all of the shots and antibiotics necessary to bolster up one's immune system and fight the effects of the litter strewn beach and staph filled water.


Forester Thom in The Arena - Photo by surfinside.com

In the evening, the diffused, waning light of another fog shrouded sunset masks the poverty that can be seen in the faces of just a few of the homeless.

These poor folks are often forced to have their children sell Chicklets to wealthy tourists, and I cannot help but to feel a bit sorry for the families as they crowd around the fire and prepare for a long, cold night.

An amazing thing too, is the lack of pets around this area - most notably dogs -

I suppose if one cannot feed the kids, a dog would be a luxury?

BA



- 19 Feb 2006 -

The day began just fine - the Oracle at LJ's Fire Ring


In the early afternoon, it was still, a really good day - even some new guy from Yawk got a couple of Arena bombs -

-BUT -

Like most good things, the fun suddenly ended!

I've been warning you kids for years to keep your pets off of the Green Guano Rocks - naturally, none listened -

A visiting Great Dane walked on the Green Guano - and - certainly no surprise to me - it mutated into TWO wiener dogs, both of whom also grew carrying handles -

Even though they ran, they couldn't hide -

Pretty convenient for lugging around some wieners, but I don't think they'll [the wieners] pass muster at the Kennel Club.

I figgered I'd better do something, so I cleansed the Gene Pool, and it seemed to be working - 'cause the day ended with Scot, err Sammy, getting even more attention, the kids were still stoning the tourists, and always, the surf was crappy, the locals were hostile, and of course, the sunset sucked!

BA




- 18 Feb 2006 -



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- 17 Feb 2006 -

Good Friends in The Arena!


BA


- 16 Feb 2006 -

Hot topics of surf conversations, as far back as I can remember, have always been "you should have been here yesterday" and "the waves aren't as big / good as they used to [be]"

It seems to me, that the waves, at least in my small part of the surf world, are the same as ever - and the only surf / weather pattern that seems to have changed, is that we don't get as many windy / choppy days any more - leading to next day wind waves at The Shores.

- BUT -

Today's LJ Shores surf was the same as it ever was - a bit small, perhaps - but still pretty darn good!


Buzz, Jeff, and I got in the water shortly after 6:00 am, and by 7:00 am we had caught 2,000 waves each.

All I can say is I'm glad that almost the entire front row gang decided to wait for "more water" [meaning, waaaaa the waves are too hollow for our surfing ability (or lack thereof) ] which meant more waves for us!


BA


- 15 Feb 2006 -

Yeah, you guys are right - "The Rules" [about surfing] have always been "unwritten!"

We were taught - and obeyed - The Rules more than 50 years ago -

The Rules have been WRITTEN for at least 44 years -

The retribution - back then - for ignorance of The Rules - was instant - and nobody went crying like a little baby, to mommy or daddy or daddy's attorney!




The above quotes are from 1962 - and the author - Ted Masters - is concerned about safety in the water because of the CROWDED CONDITIONS!

I have no idea how many more surfers there are today than there were in 1962, but I'd bet it's more than 2x, err, 4x, err, 5x who knows - but if holding on to one's board, paddling around the break, and not hacking others was important then, it's gotta be just as important now!

- SO -

If I act a bit angry when you let go of your board in front of me, or if you paddle-out right thru the center of the break - directly in front of me - or if you drop in on me, maybe you'll understand the reason[s] for my spewing and sputtering -

I've been trying my best for more than 50 years to follow The Rules - and old habits are hard to break.

BA



13 Feb 2006

Sunrise from my office BA Photo


Fire Coral Reef Photo by BA


Sammy explores the BEST CORNER in the world!
I just gotta thank god for giving me a second / err third, err fourth, errrrr... chance to enjoy it!


Sunset from my office BA Photo
BA



- 12 Feb 2006 -

Another lousy wave in La Jolla, CA - BA photo - whew - almost forgot - the locals are always hostile, and the water's always polluted!


More on this [Davis Cup] Circus later


BA Surfing at Life's A Beach Reef - Photo NOT by anybody you know!


12 Feb 2006 Sunday Services - Standing Room Only -
BA



- 11 Feb 2006 -

Arena Sunset - Photo by BA


CB in The Lot - BA Photo
BA


- 10 Feb 2006 -

V-Land Photo by BA from the V-Land Hang Glider Experiment


Another day of hostile locals, lousy surf, and schmog shrouded sunsets Photo by: BA
BA


- 09 Feb 2006 -

Peter Kenvin - Robertson's - BA Photo


Teddy Smith - Robertson's - BA Photo



- 08 Feb 06 -


BA Photo


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Orloff
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Photo by : John Slavin


BA Photo
BA



- 07 Feb 06 -



BA in The Arena - Photo by John Slavin
BA sez: "By the way, who is Erin, and why would John take photos of her, instead of wasting pixels on ME?"


BA



- 06 Feb 2006 -







The days are getting a bit longer, finally - but that does not help anything in The Arena!

The water's still polluted, especially at Ripple Tank Point, the local Ians are hostile, and as usual, the sunsets are shrouded in a combination of smog, fog, and cigarette smoke.

BA



- 05 Feb 2006 -


             


BA




- 04 Feb 2006 -
Dear Teacher -

I'm sorry that I have not finished updating my web pages - but - a pack of wild dogs ate my homework [oh yeah, the surf's been pretty good, too]


Waaaaaaaaaaa - These dogs ate my homework!
BA


- 03 Feb 2006 -

The Arena Kids, in the finest Wind**Sea tradition, are always trying to find a different way to ride a wave


Jeff McCoy demonstrating patience as he shares a wave with a recent Helen Keller Surfing School graduate

[Helen Keller Services for the Blind is a not-for-profit agency serving blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired surfers in the La Jolla, CA area]

Before you start calling me insensitive, politically incorrect, etc., I am not mocking Helen Keller or anything about those who are disabled.

I am mocking the surfers who don't look or listen, before they take off on a wave!

BA


- 02 Feb 2006 -
Would YOU Go??
Eddy in The Arena


Drew in The Arena


Another lousy sunset in The Arena
BA



- 01 Feb 2006 -


Sunrise at Campus Point


Lake Superior's Stoney Point Lefts come to Nick's Point at Irvine Lake
BA

BA sez: "One good thing about Bl**k's - It NEVER gets very big!"
BA asks: "How high is the face of this wave at the peak?"
BA sez: ''Go home, Stay home!''
BA rips off Bob Gove's Bl*k'* Photo - Nice Photo Bobby - I owe you one!

Bob's been taking water photos at Bl**k'* for at least 30 years - he paid the price on this one!

I linked the above photo to one that Joanne VanMeter took of me about 7 years ago at the S**th Pe*k - different angle, smaller wave, but check-out the size of the face at the peak, and how the wave height tapers at about a 45 degree angle towards the shoulder -

Compare that type of peak to The Canyon Bombs that hit T*e   R*ad - just a bit different in shape and ferocity!

BA






Photo by Darcy M


07 Nov 2005 Photo of BA taken by John Slavin

No it ain't Greenough at Sand Spit! It's BA!!
04 November 2005 Photo of BA taken by John Slavin

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